The Ultimate 30-Day Journal Challenge

The Ultimate 30-Day Journal Challenge

30 prompts to get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper.
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With the stresses of finals and later the boredom of being at home for a WHOLE MONTH comes the need for distraction. Maybe not so much distraction as introspection, and what better way to look inside yourself than to write? Now, granted, I may be a bit biased as an English major, but journaling and writing in general has incredible transformative properties. It allows us to get to know ourselves a bit better and to articulate what we are feeling. We are able to truly work through our thoughts and feelings rather than bury them. So today I challenge you to begin a 30-day journal! Follow the prompts or your own and get to know yourself a bit better. When you're done, read all the way through and you'll see some change from start to finish-hopefully for the better.

Day 1:

What's your biggest fear? Why are you afraid of it?

Day 2:

Write a narrative about a time that you were really, truly happy.

Day 3:

Think of the person closest to you whether it be a parent, friend, or significant other, and describe them in fifty words.

Day 4:

Write a poem about your first (or worst) heartbreak.

Day 5:

Think about a time where you acted 100% selflessly. How did you feel upon completing the action?

Day 6:

Pretend that you're living your ultimate dream. It could be regarding your job, lifestyle, home, anything, but write about a typical day in the life.

Day 7:

If you had the courage to do anything you wanted, what would you do?

Day 8:

Write about the very first memory you have. What does it mean? Why do you think you remember this and not anything before?

Day 9:

When you wake up, write down 5 things that you are grateful for. Repeat when you go to sleep but don't repeat anything on your list.

Day 10:

It's holiday season and everyone celebrates differently. What do the holidays mean to you/how do you celebrate?

Day 11:

Do you tend to do most of the giving or receiving in your relationships? How can you change this dynamic or improve it?

Day 12:

Think of how you imagined yourself "grown up" when you were younger. Then, write a letter to the younger you. Would you be proud of yourself? What advice would you give?

Day 13:

Do you have any regrets? If so, how can you let go of these or make up for them?

Day 14:

Have you ever been in love? What does love mean to you?

Day 15:

Observe your surroundings and write a narrative of what's going on around you without any punctuation.

Day 16:

Who has had the greatest impact on your life and why? It can be a teacher, a parent, a friend, an event, anything.

Day 17:

If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Day 18:

What is your greatest accomplishment so far and how did you achieve it?

Day 19:

How do you cope with stressful/difficult situations? Assess your coping mechanisms and if you see that they aren't healthy, ponder how you can change them.

Day 20:

If you could hang out with anyone in the world, dead or alive, for a day, who would it be and why? What would you do?

Day 21:

Think of something not-so-nice you've recently said or of resentment you've been holding on to for somebody. Write down what you said or what happened and read through it. Is it worth holding on to? How can you let this go?

Day 22:

There's always room for improvement in our lives. What is one thing you can do each day to better yourself?

Day 23:

Perform a random act of kindness today. It shouldn't be holding a door open for someone or something like that because as decent human beings we should be doing that anyways! How did it make you feel upon completion? Do you want to try it again?

Day 24:

Write about your first childhood friend. What kind of impact do you think they had on your life?

Day 25:

Today, try to focus on how much you're on your phone. If possible, try to limit your use on social media and your phone in general. How difficult or easy was it? Does this change your perspective on your relationship with technology?

Day 26:

Imagine it's Donald Trump's first day in office, and you are Donald Trump. Write about your day in narrative form.

Day 27:

Think of the best vacation/trip you've ever been on. Why was it so great? Would it be different if you went again?

Day 28:

Write about a time you felt weak, and focus on how you became strong again. What does this say about your character?

Day 29:

We've all been hurt before, by people who should never hurt us, and usually we keep quiet about it. Write a letter to someone who hurt you and convey your feelings in a kind, respectful way.

Day 30:

Write a poem about your family. How have they shaped you? Which members have had the greatest impact?

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You had him in high school, but I get him for the rest of my life.
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High school seems like the best time of your life when you are in it. You think that all of your friends will be with you until the end, and that you will end up with whoever you are dating your senior year. For very few, that might just be the case. For all others, that is far from true.

You thought that you would marry your boyfriend and you thought that everything would work out how you had always imagined. I don't blame you though. He's great. You wanted everything with him, but you were just not right for him.

I wish I could say that I am sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever. You didn't do that right, and you were not meant to be together. You will find someone too, but I am happy that you were not the one for him.

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I hate that you got to go to all of the school dances with him. He got to see you all dressed up and probably told you how great you looked. I'm sure you did look great. Prom dresses were always fun to pick out and so colorful. It was exciting to match colors with your date. I am sure you had fun choosing his matching tux to your dress.

I find myself getting jealous, but then I stop. I am getting to match his tux with our wedding colors. I got to go dress shopping in a sea of white, and he doesn't get to know one detail about that dress yet. He will get to see me walk down the aisle and then every day forever. I get to love him forever.

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I Expected It To Have It All Together By 22 And I'm Still Far From That

What we expected and what reality actually is, are two completely different things...

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Oh our 20s, how we expected them to be so different. We expected to graduate college at 22, have a career by 23, be engaged by 24, married with a house by 25, kids by 26-28, vacationing with the family by 30, and retired by 60. We expected college to be parties and cute boys/girls. Instead, we got late nights of studying and crying after a job that barely pays for our car, food, dorm, and textbooks. We get no social life and if we do our grades suffer for it.

Our 20s were expected to be all fun but all we got were struggles and stress. I mean I don't know about you but I expected, to have it all together and I'm nearly 23 and far from it. I had all the scholarships and great grades, and I still don't have any type of degree.

Reality hits after 18. Most of us don't have the help of mom and dad anymore. We have to find our way and make a path for ourselves. Sometimes our dreams and goals have to be put on hold for that. The 20s isn't fun. It's about discovering who you are, who you want to be, and where you want to go. Some of us serve our country, some become incarcerated, some of us parents, some teachers, others cops, others travel or study abroad, some dead, some ill, other managers, others homeless, some still living home, and some even addicts.

The weird thing about your 20s is everyone is doing something different, but yet everyone is confused and comparing themselves to others. People feel if they're not doing what others are doing, in their age group then they have failed themselves. What people forget is that with life comes obstacles and sacrifice and everyone's life and situations are different. You are where you need to be right now, for you, and I think that's something to remember in your 20s.

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Another thing about your 20's is you're free to think for yourself now. No more having to follow a religion you dislike or hold back from things you love. The world is literally yours to discover and learn from. Possibilities are endless! I think your 20's are the years you create yourself to the best version of you and build the foundation for your future. Just remember, we all build at our own pace.

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